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Monkey with a Halo:
Did that game give anyone else chest pains?
Rangers 11, Angels 10
I'm going start on a positive note because I'm still feeling a little bit of PMA after the last two wins. The Angels' offense is here. There are still a few rough patches in the line-up, but that's the case with every team. The fact that the Angels have given their starting pitchers necessary run support against the Texas Rangers these last three games is huge. It's something that you wouldn't have expected from this team a couple of months ago. It's nice to finally see the Halos reach their potential at the plate.
The pitching. Oh the pitching. The inability to feel confident in 2/5 of a starting rotation is frustrating. Not to mention scary... And when there is no confidence in a starting pitcher OR the bullpen? That's a disaster waiting to happen. So, tonight. It's a tonight waiting to happen. Losing a 7-1 lead is difficult to do, and three outs with a 10-7 lead appears to be a difficult task as well. That one hurt.
- Albert Pujols loves Texas. Do you want to know how I know that? My dad sent me five text messages that said so. But in all seriousness, Pujols is having his best series of the season in Arlington. He is showing signs of life in a much more consistent manner than earlier in the season. It's difficult not to give Mike Trout a little bit a credit for lighting a fire under this team, but is there anyone willing to contest that? Trout has put life back in this dugout and arguably back into the bat of one of baseball's best hitters. Regardless of where this spark has come from, Pujols is back. He's back and he isn't going anywhere.
- Raise your hand if you enjoy having a catcher who can hit the ball. Thank you, Chris Iannetta.
- I was putting this off, but I have to bring it up sometime. Dearest Garrett Richards. Richards will come out throwing like an underrated ace one inning, and the next, it all falls apart. To be honest, I'm not sure that it's entirely his fault. There's a level of experience that is necessary to have as a starting pitcher. With varying levels of experience come varying levels of confidence. Putting an inconsistent pitcher like Richards out against a line-up like the Texas Rangers would be ideal for his career if the Angels weren't playing in such a significant series. I have confidence in his pitching abilities, but this isn't the time to experiment.
If you stepped on the mound, your name goes here. Minus LaTroy Hawkins. Scoreless, like a boss.
Tomorrow's game is a season defining game for the Angels. Season defining in the sense that it may generate momentum for the remainder of August and heading into the post season race. They knew how important tonight's game was, and they know how much of a statement they need to make in beating the Rangers tomorrow.
PMA Thursday. What do ya say, C.J.?
BEST OF MAXIM
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, in a massive slump, told reporters that he attributes it to "being disobedient" to God and that "there's consequences" for doing so.
As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, the Rangers have summoned third base prospect Mike Olt from Double-A, and he’ll be joining the team in Texas in time for tonight’s game against the Angels. With Adrian Beltre manning the hot corner, though, third base is not in his immediate future, and the Rangers certainly aren’t calling Olt up to sit on the bench. Instead, his arrival...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton got back on track and helped the Texas Rangers' offense stay on a roll on Thursday night. Hamilton drove in four runs and the Rangers bailed out Ryan Dempster in his Texas debut in a 15-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Hamilton hit .177 in July, but had his second four-RBI game of the season. He has 10 RBIs in his past nine games. "...
Tim Salmon’s clutch home run wins it
Rob Goldman - AngelsWin.com Historical Writer
The 2002 World Series followed the same script as the ALDS and ALCS. We came up short in Game #1, losing a squeaker 4-3, and we responded with a win in Game #2. The prevailing view on the team was been there, done that. There is no reason to panic. To drive our point home, we came out swinging...
Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz needs Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his right elbow and likely will be sidelined until next summer.
The two-time AL champion Rangers said Feliz will have surgery on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the AL West leaders acquired ace Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs.
Feliz was 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in eight games, including seven starts. He has...
Albert Pujols hit two home runs and Jered Weaver won his eighth straight start, leading the Los Angeles Angels over the Texas Rangers 6-2 Tuesday night.
Mike Trout also homered as Los Angeles beat the AL West leaders for the second straight day. The charging Angels and Rangers have two games left in the series.
Weaver (14-1) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He became...
Mike Trout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There is a huge battle in the American League West.
The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels.
This division is heating up.
Lets start off with the Texas Rangers.
The Texas Rangers might look like they are in control of the AL West division, but the Los Angeles Angels are right on their tails. The Rangers are sitting on a very good record...
Good news for fans of the UConn Huskies and their baseball program. Branford, CT native and former Huskies third baseman Mike Olt has been called up to the big leagues by the Texas Rangers.
Here's the release from UConn:
ARLINGTON, Texas – In just over two years in the minors, former University of Connecticut third baseman Mike Olt has been called up to make his debut...
The Rangers took fans on a rollercoaster tonight. One that starts out really terrible and ends really awesome. I don’t think I’d care to go on a ride like that if it exists in real life. And my baseball heart certainly doesn’t need them in metaphor version either. But if it ends in a win like that, I really don’t want to complain.
Yu Darvish struck out the side in the...
Earlier in the day we learned that the Texas Rangers had called up Branford, CT native and former UConn Huskies third baseman Mike Olt from Double-A.
Rangers manager Ron Washington wasted no time putting Olt in the Rangers lineup as he is batting eighth and playing first base. Well, Olt didn't have to wait long for his first MLB hit as he singled off of Los Angeles Angels of...
The Texas Rangers have acquired pitcher Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, beating out both the Dodgers and Yankees for the highly coveted starter.
The Rangers sent third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks to Cubs for Dempster. Both are at Class A.
The Rangers were talking to the Cubs about pitcher Matt Garza and Dempster to the end, trying to get one or the...
The August 2nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles ...
Less than a month ago, after playing in the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City, Mo., I asked former Connecticut infielder Mike Olt what he was hearing about a possible promotion in the Texas Rangers organization. There had been whispers that he might get called up to the big leagues from Double-A ball.
On the heels of Wednesday night's dramatic victory over the Los Angeles Angels, the Texas Rangers called up third baseman Mike Olt in an effort to bolster their bench. Lone Star Dugout compiles this season's coverage of the top prospect, including analysis of the move.
The Rays and Rangers have had discussions on a trade involving James Shields, major-league sources told FOXSports.com.
Shields is expendable because of Tampa Bay's pitching depth, while the Rangers would like to upgrade their rotation given injuries to Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz and the poor performance of Roy Oswalt.
The two teams have met in the first round of the American...